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is it possible to made an effective sunblock with liquefied cockroach's wings?? Answered

we have an i.p. (investigatory project) .... our proposed title is "cockroach as a base in making sunblock" and i think we should use the wings of the cockroach and pulverized it and we will go to PNRI if it is possible to liquified the pounded cockroach's wings,, then we will mixed the mixture with  one particular sunblock that we will make and measure it's SPF....

so here's my question, is it possible to  made an effective sunblock with liquefied cockroach's wings?


What on earth?
Ok....every question is a valid one I suppose...

Sunblock works in two different ways:
1. by reflecting or scattering UVA & UVB rays.
2. by absorbing them
Most traditional sunblocks work by # 1. Example active ingredients are zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide. Both are two white powdery chemicals that are mixed with various oils and other stuff to make a lotion that can be applied to the skin. The chemicals, when spread across the skin, act as a sort of "selective mirror" allowing visible light through, but blocking and reflecting UV rays.
As for #2, I don't know as much about that mechanism, but it works by the same principle: stopping UV rays from hitting the skin.

In order to use liquefied cockroach wings as a sunscreen, they would need to have at least one of these properties.

Good luck on...........whatever it is you're doing. XD

I don't mean to be a pain but if you are supposed to research this why are you asking us? Wouldn't an experiment create a much better and more compelling as a result?

I suggest you try it. Get some dead cockroaches, pound their wings into powder and mix with some water into a paste and maybe make another paste from the rest of the exoskeleton. Find a UV sensitive material or a UV detector and smear the pastes onto it and leave it in the sun for a couple days. You could even compare it against regular sun block. After the waiting time clean it off and check for differences.

Take pictures of everything and your IP report/presentation (or whatever you plan to finish it with) will be much more interesting than "some guys online said yes" :p

thank you for that information its a pleasure to me that you answered my question.
by the way , what do you mean by that "paste" that you type?

A paste is when you mix a fine solid with a liquid (like mud for example). This would be the result of mixing the powdered cockroach with water.


You have been set the task of finding out for yourself, not asking other people.

Note that, for projects like this, "no" is a perfectly acceptable answer, as long as you have the data to back it up, and have possibly come up with other interesting avenues of research (either alternatives to cockroaches, or alternative uses for cockroaches).


5 years ago

I dunno about that but if I'm told it has an ingredient made from cockroach remains, I won't get within 25 feet of it.

I've found it's better to use the exoskeleton, as that's where they are protected and not so much in the wings.

Even if cockroaches are immune to IR radiation why would there wings be singled out over there exoskeleton? Even if they are the better option whey would a paste made from there wings still be effective? What are your theories behind this?

Man you guys must have got your hands on some of the good stuff! I kid but seriously, where did this idea come from? Is there some advantage to this over traditional sunblocks, assuming it works? It doesn't seem like it would be cheaper and since typically anything over SPF 30 isn't actually necessary there isn't a need for a more effective block.

If you can turn the wings into a fine enough powder then it should effectively dissolve into a liquid.

What makes you think it will work? Are cockroaches particularly immune to IR radiation?

What makes you think people would use it?